Vacation – Not Just an Employee Benefit

Is there a position that exists in your company that has a high turnover rate? Maybe you figure, that’s the nature of the job; two years of dedication followed by instantaneous burnout. But what if you could reduce that turnover? Now you might be thinking, what do I have to invest my time and money into in order to increase my employees’ longevity? The amazing part is, you already have the solution: paid time off.

When an employee fails to use vacation hours, or PTO, there are consequences. The lack of a break from work can cause stress, a decrease in productivity, a poor attitude, and diminish creativity and innovation. What does this lead to? Employee burnout. Which, you guessed it, contributes to a high turnover rate.

As a manager, how can you support the use of vacation hours? Start by pinpointing why your employees are plugging away instead of putting their feet up. A great way to drill down is by using stratustime for your time and attendance. This cloud-based system can be used to track the amount of vacation hours used by a specific labor level. Use this information to notice trends in certain positions. Maybe you find that your Support Team’s turnover is high, and their PTO banks are completely full. Could it be the team is understaffed? One employee might be afraid taking time off will cause him to appear to be lazy. Another might want to take a day at short notice, but is unable to because she must request her time off in advance. Or maybe the employee has the option to cash out PTO and sees a higher value in the money than in time away from the office. Whatever the reason, not taking time off is detrimental for both the employee and business.

It is important as a manager to encourage your employees to take time away from work. Approving an employee’s time to refresh is imperative for a productive and innovative team. Interacting with other individuals outside of the workplace, enjoying new experiences and pursuing personal interests allows an employee to do her best work upon returning. Encourage your employees, and yourself, to take time off. It will be better for everyone in the long run.

If you want to learn more about the effects of overtime on your employees and your business read my blog from last week, “Are Your Overtime Hours Causing Burnout?”.

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